Adam HaRishon / Creation / Forefathers / Rosh Hashana / Talmud

What or who was created on Rosh Hashana?

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Photo: Miriam Woelke

B”H
In exactly two weeks from now, the Jewish world will be celebrating Rosh Hashana. The beginning of a new year (5770).
Many Jews get mixed up when it comes to what or who was created on Rosh Hashana (1st Tishre’i). People think that the world was created on Rosh Hashana. The truth of the matter is that the world was created a few days earlier. In the month of Elul where we are now.
Not the world but Adam and Eve (Chava) were created on Rosh Hashana. The new year also stands for the beginning of humankind. Only when the first human came into existence, the world was complete.
But why does the Talmud Tractate Rosh Hashana 10b teaches that the world was created in the month of Tishre’i?
The answer is that the Talmud here equates the creation of man with the creation of the world. The day when man was created was the 1st of Tishre’i (Rosh Hashana).
What else happened on Rosh Hashana?
Avraham and Yaakov were born on 1st Tishre’i. And it was on Rosh Hashana when Yosef left the Egyptian jail.
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